Skidmore, Owings & Merrill | A stacked box scheme with unique structural challenges. Schematic design team for 120 unit, 19 level residential tower in downtown San Francisco.
The 335,000 square foot, 220-foot-tall tower mass is composed of stacked boxes, with large planted terraces on intermediary levels beneath each volume. The architectural plans were closely coordinated with the requirements of several two-axis cantilevers that shift locations over the height of the structure.
The building is clad in a staggered grid of limestone.
The result is a fine balance between a substantial facade and minimally obstructed viewsheds.
Test fit unit layouts opportunistically flow around the structural layout to maximize the sense of open space. Much of my work revolved around test fits to prove that the structural system and architectural concept could deliver beautiful, uncompromised units.
Units on terrace levels are smaller, but living and bedroom areas spill out to the outdoors.